Crisis operates under a completely different format from regular Model UN committees, with delegates representing individuals organised into cabinets instead of states and simulating an historical event in real time. Crisis chairs will be chair-delegates, who act as Heads of Cabinets. The chair of a contemporary German cabinet in a Crisis simulation would play the role Angela Merkel, for example, whilst in said cabinet a delegate would play the role of a German minister, such as Wolfgang Schäuble. The intensity and fluidity of Crisis make it one of the most challenging committees for both chairs and delegates. In addition to being the first university-level MUN conference in the UK, Cambridge has also established a high reputation for Crisis with some of the most original and pioneering takes on this dynamic format.
The Security Council (UNSC) is the most powerful decision-making body of the UN. With fifteen members (five of them permanent, and ten of them non-permanent), the Security Council has for instance the power to authorise military intervention and international sanctions. The Security Council is a small committee for experienced delegates.
The Council of the European Union is the third of the seven institutions of the European Union (EU) as listed in the Treaty on European Union. It includes the 28 members of the EU and holds both executive and judicial power within the organisation.
The Ad-Hoc Committee is a small committee for experienced delegates. It follows a different format to typical MUN committees, as it requires delegates to adapt in real time to fast-changing events. Rather than expecting delegates to be well prepared on their debate topic prior to the conference, Ad-Hoc committees pit delegates against dynamic situational updates, with delegates’ ability to adapt to such changes, in a manner most advantageous for their particular character, being of the utmost importance.
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. This committee will simulate the conference in order to resolve important climate change issues.
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) is the second committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The committee was established with the rest of the General Assembly in 1945. Primarily, the committee aims to address issues related to economic growth and development with specific regard to macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development and globalisation and international trade.
The Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC) is the First Committee of the General Assembly which is concerned with matters relating to global security. As its name suggests, DISEC has one of the broadest mandates of any of the General Assembly’s six committees.
As the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all, the Human Rights Committee leads global human rights efforts and speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. They provide a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today’s human rights challenges, and act as the focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the UN system.
The United Nations Development Program is focused on promoting development around the world. UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. They help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its primary role is to coordinate cooperation of member states regarding international health issue. The WHO will be a large beginner-friendly committee.
UN Women is an entity of the United Nations dedicated to the empowerment of women and promotion of gender equality across member states. It works to set global standards of gender rights, ensuring that governments implement effective and truly beneficial changes.